Abortion in Georgia
Abortion leads to the expulsion of a fetus before it is able to survive independently. Many people support abortion, however, I believe it should be permanently banned. Abortion has been one of the most talked about controversial topics in Georgia since the 1980’s. On January 22, 1973, in the Roe v. Wade case, The Supreme Court made abortion legal in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control showed that by 2008, 35,888 abortions took place in Georgia as it was ranked 6th on the list of having the most abortions. In May 2012, Georgia Governor approves ban on abortions after 20 weeks with no exception for rape or incest, making Georgia the seventh state to approve such a law. Lawmakers based the legislation on the claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks of being carried in the womb.
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” - Mother Teresa. A common reason why women choose abortion is because pregnancy may represent a huge obstacle in their life. Majority of the time, the pregnancy might have not been planned or wanted which can lead to a lot of other concerns; the child would enter the world in an inconvenient time of life and could possibly interfere with personal goals. Some women are emotionally unprepared for parenthood as others are financially unprepared. We even have women who are happily pregnant but abort because they discover in late pregnancy that the fetus is so defective that the child might not be able to live a normal life.
In continuation, the number one reason women choose abortion is because the father of the child refuses to take responsibility. This leads to another reason why women abort, they lack support from not only their partners but also from family and friends. Some women abort because parents, family members, or their partners may pressure them to do so. Meanwhile, others abort based on the fear of people finding out about the pregnancy. Some people enter into a casual sexual relationship that leads to pregnancy with no prospect of marriage, so women tend to seek abortion. In Georgia, based on marital status 16% were unknown, 16% of women were married and 68% were not married. Last but not least, we have women who abort because they are victims of rape and incest and it is also statistically proven to be the least likely reason for abortion. In Georgia, 0-1% of abortions is because of rape and incest.
Nevertheless, there are as many reasons why abortion is wrong as the list of reasons why abortions can be justified. Life starts at the moment of conception even if it’s only as a cell. As mankind we must protect life whenever possible. If a child is born with a defect, its imperfection is no reason to abort. Many people argue that a woman who is a victim of rape and incest should have the right to abort because the child would be a reminder of the violent act. A woman who has been through rape and incest will never forget such an act. A child should not be blamed or punished for what goes on outside of the womb. Overall, abortion is murder.
Generally, there are different types of abortion procedures. During the first trimester you can choose between medical or surgical abortion procedures. Medical abortions are available only through the nine weeks gestation. One of the abortion procedures during the first trimester is suction aspiration or as some may call it vacuum aspiration. This procedure is used to terminate pregnancy between 6 to 12, which is also used during the second trimester. During the second and third trimester you are not given the options between medical and surgical abortions. Usually, on the third trimester you are will most likely go through partial birth abortion.
Furthermore, surgical abortion can lead to a variety of risks and may suffer from multiple complications. Surgical abortion can lead to a higher risk of cervical, ovarian, and liver cancer that...
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